Friday, June 12, 2009

Say No to Down Under Australia

Assault s on Indians in Down Under Australia is condemned by all India and Indians all over the world. Yes, the incidents are shameful and condemnable but they are not surprising at all. As verbal or physical abuses on Indians in foreign land is happening for years now. Indians at the receiving end most of the time. But frequency of attacks on Indians in Australia is increased in last year significantly and one of them is fighting for his life made situation even worse. So Indian media quite rightly hyped the issue and now whole India is worried and protesting against battering of Indian students.

But let’s face it there are various ways to look at this situation. I think the attacks were not surprising for various reasons. As we know human being is habitual to make various communities and live within community made rules or culture as we can call it. When community finds other community is prospering on the cost of their own. There ought to be some friction. That’s what happening in Australia, because of global recession Australians are losing their jobs and lifestyle. But they can see Indian students are working for lesser money and taking away their opportunities. Other things Australians are always been arrogant people; they will be good with you and friendly till you except their authority. Today Australians feel Indian community in Australia challenging their authority. So they are showing their violent side. Indians shifting or going for studies out of India are turning out to be menace everywhere. And this is not only in Australia but also in Europe, America, Canada, UK everywhere. It is absolutely due to recession. As in prosperity these nations don’t mind Indians and use their talent. But now in adversity they want to stick with their core nationals.

Australians can have reasons for animosity against Indians; but their violent way of expressing it is shameful. And what is more shameful is attempt of Australian government to cover up the whole issue and not able to find the culprits. But the most horrible thing in this incident is comments by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. In his message to Indians he asked them to stay calm and not to take law in their hands and many other things. But he also mentioned that in last decade about 20 Australians were killed in India. This statement he supposedly makes to balance both sides on this issue. Now I don’t understand what he exactly wants to say. Does he suggesting because 20 Australians died in India in last decade, it is OK for Australians to thrash Indian students? I think he is trying to divert the attention from main issue. And he should get his record straight. Does these Australians died in India because they were Australians? Because that is what happening with Indians, they are thrashed because and only because they are Indians.

I like the stand Amitabh Bachchan took on the issue. He rightly decline honor offered by the Australian university. I think Indian Cricket team which is playing T20 world cup should also show their unhappiness over the issue by wearing black bands. It would have been great indication of how important for India the security of Indian students.

In the end if the bashing still continues over next months. Indian students should come back to India and should not take new admissions there. And Indian government should declare Australia as not a safe country to travel. Say no to Down Under Australia. This will make them think straight as their economy largely depend on Indian students.

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